Quick Hitters - Tyson Browning

This Georgia team has gotten it done on the ground when they have needed to, but have done so as a group.

When asked if he has asserted himself as the primary running back for Georgia Tyson Browning responds: "I wouldn't say that."

"The thing about it is that we have such great running backs so I don't think that there is ever going to be one guy that steps out and takes over," Browning said.

Mark Richt wanted to see that to happen earlier this season, but no running back stepped up and grabbed the starting position for good.

Tony Milton was the starter until he got hurt; Kregg Lumpkin also got a slow start due to injuries. Browning had to deal with an early season suspension and Michael Cooper has been good running the ball, but not adequate enough in pass protection to nail down the job and he too has had to deal with being banged up.

"There is always going to be a guy behind you pushing you. But that's what makes us work hard every day," said Browning of his preparations during practice. With that many running backs looking for playing time the practice field can often be a war zone.

"During practice you think to yourself that you have to push hard. But once you are playing in the game you are not out there thinking ‘If I don't do this right than Coop is going to come in.' You don't think that way. When its game time is a team thing," said the Watkinsville native.

Its not that Georgia's running game is dominate; they won't get close to the school record of 303.4 yards per game held by the 1971 team. Still, this Georgia team has gotten it done on the ground when they have needed to, but have done so as a group.

"If we can get rolling like we did against Tennessee I don't think that we will have problems playing anywhere," said Browning.

The Dawgs get this next chance to do that this weekend against Vanderbilt.


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